Net zero precincts: an interdisciplinary approach to decarbonising cities

Last week the Australian Research Council announced that the Net Zero Precincts project will be a funded 4- year project, which will bring together design anthropology and transition management to help cities and urban regions reach net zero emissions.

This project will help cities and urban regions reach net zero emissions by taking the precinct as an optimal scale for urban transition. This project expects to co-create a new approach grounded in transition management and design anthropology. This will be tested in an action-oriented case study in the Monash Technology Precinct through three Living Lab experiments across energy, mobility and buildings. Sarah Pink is a Chief Investigator on the project along with Rob Raven, Geoffrey Webb, Megan Farrelly, Ariel Liebman, Selby Coxon and Peter Graham.

In partnership with Engie Services Australia, Monash City Council, Local Governments for Sustainability - Oceania and the CSIRO, this project will 'help cities and urban regions reach net zero emissions by taking the precinct as an optimal scale for urban transition. This project expects to co-create a new approach grounded in transition management and design anthropology. This will be tested in an action-oriented case study in the Monash Technology Precinct through three Living Lab experiments across energy, mobility and buildings. Expected outcomes include a validated approach for net zero transitions that delivers to the real-life experiences of the precinct community of business, government, knowledge institutes and civil society. This should provide significant benefits to industry seeking to enhance community engagement for accelerating urban transitions'.

The living lab is particularly exciting, and it will play a critical role in advancing research on reducing emissions. Read more about the project at https://www.monash.edu/net-zero-initiative